Mojo Monday: A New Anthology In Honor of Our Veterans

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


Today, in honor of the military veterans of the United States, check out this new anthology of writing by veterans: Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.

As the Southeast Missouri State University Press website explains, “The anthology is the first in an annual series published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in Cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council’s Veterans Projects and the Warriors Arts Alliance.”

Proud to Be “showcases writing from military veterans and their families from across the nation, including writing about WWI and WWII, Vietnam, the Gulf Conflict, Afghanistan, and Iraq.”

The anthology was edited by Susan Swartwout.

Now click on over there and get yourself a copy.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

I’m a lucky mom. I’ve got an amazing daughter who changes my life in wonderful ways every day. I became her mom via adoption nearly four years when she was just a baby, and though I don’t know Tully’s birth mother, each year I proudly share this day with her. After all, she created and gave birth to this amazing kiddo.

On this day—and many other days—I talk to Tully’s birth mother in my head and heart. I tell her what an incredible, loving, giving, smart, creative, heart-centered, silly-as-heck kiddo Tully is. I tell her how much love Tully gives and receives in her life with us. I acknowledge the sacred connection between us.

So today, I wish all moms a happy Mother’s Day.

If you’d like to read more about my journey as Tully’s mom, here we are in 2008 on our very first day together, and here we in 2009 on my first Mother’s Day.

xo

Mojo Monday: Chúc mừng năm mới! (Happy New Year!)

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.


This week in my house, we’re celebrating both Vietnamese Tet and Chinese Spring Festival. As mom to a Vietnamese daughter, Tet means a lot to our family. It connects us with our daughter’s history and culture. It bonds us to her birthplace. It reminds us how far-reaching our family is and gives us a special opportunity to tend and honor those ties.

Also as a family that spent nearly five years in Shanghai, China, Chinese Spring Festival is part of our tradition now.

So to you, I say both:

Chúc mừng năm mới!

and

Gong xi fa cai!

 

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Image: Tevatron